Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
West Yorkshire







0113 247 8248


0113 247 8254


0113 244 9689

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At Leeds Art Gallery you can find some of the most outstanding works of British Art outside of London.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Monday & Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 12pm - 5pm
Thursday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Closed on bank holidays

Admission charges


Leeds City Art Gallery has a Designated Collection of national importance.

An outstanding collection of English watercolours; fine Victorian academic and Pre-Raphaelite painting; late 19th century French pictures and "probably the best collection of 20th century British art outside London" (The Times) Extensive collection of modern sculpture.

Collection details

Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Atkinson Grimshaw
  • L.S. Lowry
  • Stanley Spencer
  • Andre Derain
  • Henry Moore
  • John Sell Cotman
  • J. M. W. Turner
  • Cozens
  • Girtin
  • Paula Rego
  • Gillian Ayres
  • Damien Hirst
  • Alison Wilding
  • Mark Wallinger
  • Annelies Strba
  • Tacita Dean
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Polychromies: Surface, Light and Colour

  • 21 November 2012 — 1 May 2014 *on now

In newly refurbished sculpture galleries Polychromies: Surface, Light and Colour looks at qualities of surface in bronze, marble and stone sculpture, highlighting embedded, applied and reflected colour in work that ranges from Antonio Canova to Rebecca Warren.
Following a substantial Arts Council Renaissance National Programme grant, this display celebrates and showcases the excellence of the Leeds Museums and Galleries sculpture collection. The display unfolds across all of the Sculpture Galleries over the next year.
Sculpture has often been considered in opposition to painting, as concerned with form and not with tone and colour. However, all sculpture is coloured in some way, whether it is inherent to the material or applied over the top and has surface effects, revealed by light, which are integral to the perception of the work.
The Henry Moore Institute curates the Leeds Museums and Galleries’ sculpture collection in partnership with
Leeds Art Gallery. For more information about the exhibition, visit http://www.henry-moore.org.



Bruce McLean: Beyond the Pose

  • 19 February — 11 May 2014 *on now

Bruce McLean is a sculptor who makes work that draws on a variety of media from live art, film, photography, painting and sculpture, dispensing with categories of definition as it moves across media, carried by an interdisciplinary, riotous imagination. Significantly McLean is a sculptor who has been professor of painting at The Slade for over 25 years and now, recently retired, has been prolific in producing work that continues to enliven and interrogate the very nature of sculpture. Paintings present sculpture and are sculptural, photography is performance, live works and ceramics art as sculptures. This exhibition aims to get to the heart of this mischievous sense of play and iconoclasm. The exhibition is a partnership with Firstsite, Colchester.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Look into my World

  • 3 April — 1 June 2014 *on now

The results of a special creative project undertaken by ten Leeds’ schools with the Gallery are exhibited in Artspace.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Claude Cahun

  • 6 June — 7 September 2014

Claude Cahun is best known for her riveting photographic self-portraits, often elaborately staged, which now seem half a century ahead of their time.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Marlow Moss

  • 6 June — 7 September 2014

Marlow Moss is now thought of as one of Britain’s most important Constructivist artists, though for many years she was overlooked perhaps due to her reclusive lifestyle and radical gender identity. This exhibition combines painting, sculpture and archival material to bring her work to a new audience.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.



Exciting muliti-sensory events for very young people and their carers. Come along to Leeds City Art Gallery once a month on Friday, 10.00-12.00.

How to obtain

The activities are free and there's no need to book - just drop in. The dates do change each week so check out the online calendar of events for specific details.

Sessions at the Gallery


Workshops are aimed at GCSE and A level students who are looking to develop their portfolio of work.

How to obtain

Booking is required for these workshops. Call 0113 247 8254 to book or for more details.

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A PDF resource to help adult learners make the most of Leeds Art Gallery


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.